ASD

What is autism?


Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological condition that is characterized by difficulties in communication, forming relationships, and understanding abstract concepts.  

Autism is a vast spectrum, encompassing many variations and degrees of severity.  With appropriate supports, people with autism can live successful lives. It is important to identify and diagnose autism as early as possible.

What are the signs of autism?


At your child’s well visits, your child’s doctor monitors developmental growth. Between 18 – 30 months, children are screened with an M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) assessment to identify delays that may be associated with autism.  It is important to share your concerns with your child’s doctor. Your doctor may direct you to get a more detailed evaluation.

A list of signs and characteristics of ASD:

https://www.autismspeaks.org/learn-signs

Helpful video regarding signs of ASD in young children:

https://youtu.be/YtvP5A5OHpU?t=1m50s

Who do I contact if I think my child may have autism?


If you child is under the age 5 or not in school please contact Early On Oakland at 1-800-EarlyOn.

Or

Call Lamphere’s special education department at (248) 584-0168 and ask for a child find coordinator.

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